Past Event

Why will Indonesia become more important and what does that mean for Japan and the US?

October 16, 2023
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Virtual Webinar on Zoom

Speaker: Ambassador Masafumi Ishii, Former Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia

Discussant: Ann Marie Murphy, Adjunct Senior Research Scholar; Professor, School of Diplomacy and International Relations, Seton Hall University

Moderator: Gerald L. Curtis, Burgess Professor Emeritus of Political Science; Director of Japan Research Program and Special Research Scholar, WEAI

Over the next 10-20 years Indonesia will become an increasingly important player on the international stage. Masafumi ISHII, former Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia, will clarify the reasons for Indonesia's growing importance and discuss what Japan and the US need to do to engage more closely with Indonesia and to align responses to regional contingencies such as the Taiwan straits.

Speaker's Bio: Masafumi ISHII was the Ambassador of Japan to Indonesia till December 2020 and   retired from Japanese Foreign Service in January 2021, having served there for more than 40 years. He graduated from Tokyo University and joined MOFA in 1980. His posts in Tokyo include Director for Policy Planning, Special Assistant to Foreign Minster, Director General for Global Issues and Legal Advisor. His overseas experience covers Washington DC, where he served twice, London, Belgium and NATO as the Ambassador. His last post was in Jakarta that lasted for almost 4 years. He has frequently participated in international seminars and symposium and is well known for his policy planning insight as well as his long-term experience in working with partners in ASEAN countries. He is presently teaching International Law at Gakushuin University as well as providing advice to some of Japanese private companies.

This event is hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute.


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